State Roundup July 8, 2010

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SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: Gov. O’Malley pledged to spend an additional $1 billion for school construction, repeating a campaign promise he made and kept four years ago, Annie Linskey of the Sun writes. John Rydell of WBFF-TV reports that the announcement sparks debate with Ehrlich. Here’s the article from John Wagner of the Post. View Tim Tooten’s report on WBAL-TV here.

TAX DISCLOSURE: Martin O’Malley and Bob Ehrlich, Maryland’s leading candidates for governor, haven’t been quick to make their tax returns public, writes the AP’s Brian Witte in the Sun.

SEN. HARRINGTON: Maryland State Sen. David Harrington of Prince George’s County has repeatedly provided false or incomplete information on government financial disclosure forms, reports Jonathan Mummolo of the Post.

GREEN PARTY: Candidate for governor Maria Allwine sees former Republican Corrogan Vaughn — and her rival for the Green Party nomination — as evidence of why people are fed up with politics, Julie Bykowicz blogs for the Sun. Read Allwine’s letter to the editor here.

CURRY DECISION: Former PG County Executive Wayne Curry is speaking out to Robert Lang on WBAL-Radio about his decision not to run for governor this year.

SLOTS IN COURT: Maryland’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that rejected a ballot referendum on slot machines at an Anne Arundel County mall, Andrea Siegel and Jessica Anderson report for the Sun. Here’s the AP story in the Capital.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: Illegal immigrants don’t drain resources, an Anne Arundel League of Women Voters study finds. But others disagree, reports Barbara Pash for

MARC DELAYS: The blistering heat is slowing MARC trains, the Baltimore Business Journal says in this Tucker Echols piece. Roosevelt Leftwich of WMAR-TV reports on MARC’s delays and attempts to fix heat-related troubles. View Karen Park’s report for WBFF-TV here.

INSUFFICIENT BALLOT: For all the talk of tea parties and political disaffection, Maryland voters will find a limited number of choices for many important state posts this fall, the Sun editorial board says.

RACES DEFINED: Liam Farrell and Elisabeth Hulette of the Annapolis Capital report that the elections are now becoming clear.  And John Wagner of the Post blogs about why there are so few Republican contenders in important Maryland races.

OWENS’ MOVE: Editorial writers for the Annapolis Capital say that Janet Owens made the right choice by bowing out of the county executive race in Anne Arundel.

BARTLETT: Del. Joe Bartlett says his decision to drop out of House of Delegates re-election run wasn’t the result of ‘recent political turbulence‘ over housing rental arrangement, Katherine Heerbrandt of the Gazette reports.
STEELE SHOULD GO: Jules Witcover writes in the Sun that Michael Steele, the gaffe-prone RNC chair and former Maryland LG, should jump before he’s pushed.

NO PRIMARY: Cumberland city’s mayoral and school board races won’t require primary elections, reports Cory Galliher of the Cumberland Times-News.

GARRETT RACES: Garrett County voters will see heated races for county commission and several other local offices in the Sept. 14 primary election, writes the Cumberland Times-News.

COMMISSIONER CHARITY: Editorial writers for the Frederick News-Post say that Frederick County Commissioners who recently donated $3,547 to local charities shouldn’t have been so generous with taxpayer money.

SMALL BILL: The Sun’s Dan Rodricks tells how former state Sen. Gerald Winegrad got his recent BGE bill down to $18.26.

CENSUS GRIPE: Some College Park residents are still waiting for the U.S. census to count them, writes Carol Morello for the Post.

COUNTY SPRINKLERS: The Baltimore County Council voted to require all new single-family homes in to have automatic sprinkler systems, which could add $5,000 to the cost of a home, Mary Gail Hare reports for the Sun.

BRAC HOMES: A state mortgage program aimed primarily at first-time buyers is lowering its interest rate and setting aside $100 million to lure people relocating as part of the military’s base realignment and closure initiative, the Sun’s reports Jamie Hopkins.

PIA REQUEST: The city of Westminster is slow to respond to a Public Information Act request in violation of state law reports Marc Shapiro of the Carroll County Times.

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